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Has the BTS collected millions in fares for unbuilt stations?

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Has the BTS collected millions in fares for unbuilt stations?

By Jintamas Saksornchai, Staff Reporter

 

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Photo: BTS Skytrain / Facebook

 

BANGKOK — Commuters shouldn’t hold their breaths for two additional BTS stations they’ve been paying for since the first trains rolled out nearly 20 years ago.

 

Despite racking up potentially billions of baht by including BTS Sena Ruam on the Sukhumvit Line and BTS Suksa Witthaya on the Silom Line in its fare table, the BTS has no plans to build them at this time.

 

Full Story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/news/bangkok/2018/11/16/has-the-bts-collected-millions-in-fares-for-unbuilt-stations/

 
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They had no choice in their fraudulent attempt to make some extra money, after the Eiffel Tower was sold already a couple of times...

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How are they collecting million in fares for stations that don't exist? Are non-existent passengers paying for fares to non-existent stations? 

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51 minutes ago, Time Traveller said:

How are they collecting million in fares for stations that don't exist? Are non-existent passengers paying for fares to non-existent stations? 

Yes.

 

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5 hours ago, Time Traveller said:

How are they collecting million in fares for stations that don't exist? Are non-existent passengers paying for fares to non-existent stations? 

No they set the original ticket prices with the promise of building the two extra stations with the revenue collected... not hard to understand !!

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6 hours ago, Time Traveller said:

How are they collecting million in fares for stations that don't exist? Are non-existent passengers paying for fares to non-existent stations? 

 

Exactly.  Why would someone buy a ticket to a station that doesn't exist. 

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45 minutes ago, hotchilli said:

No they set the original ticket prices with the promise of building the two extra stations with the revenue collected... not hard to understand !!

 

Who did they promise?   The ticket prices are for journeys between existing stations.  Are you claiming the BTS asked to be allowed to charge more for those journeys so they could raise extra funds?  And if so who are you claiming they had to get permission from?



 

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according to the link...
 
Unlike travel between any other two stations, commuters passing the two planned stations – say from BTS Chong Nonsi to Surasak, or BTS Ari to Saphan Khwai – pay fares equivalent to two stations instead of one.
 
Ari - Sanam Po, one stop, 16 baht.
but Ari - Saphan Khwai,  also one stop but with the unbuilt Sena Ruam station in between, 23 baht, same as for two stops elsewhere on the line.
 
Well, it all depends how their fares are calculated.
By distance or stations or combination of both.
Many cities have a zoning system that allows you to travel as many stations inside the defined zone.
Additionally, they have a short trip ticket for 3 or 4 stations.

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16 hours ago, kkerry said:

according to the link...

 

Unlike travel between any other two stations, commuters passing the two planned stations – say from BTS Chong Nonsi to Surasak, or BTS Ari to Saphan Khwai – pay fares equivalent to two stations instead of one.

 

Ari - Sanam Po, one stop, 16 baht.

but Ari - Saphan Khwai,  also one stop but with the unbuilt Sena Ruam station in between, 23 baht, same as for two stops elsewhere on the line.

 

 

If they traveled the distance of two stations then they should pay for that.  The ticket prices should be based on distance not on the number of stations (existing or not).  

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You could write and ask them, but you wouldn't get a reply. I did, about their racist pricing policy of giving the elderly a discount outside the rush hours, but only to Thais. The MRT gives the discount to everyone regardless of their passport.

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What an utterly ridiculous article.  Great to see the usual outrage on here though.

 

Look at it another way.  Onnut to Victory Monument is 44 baht.  Onnut to Sanam Pao - one stop further - is also 44 baht.  You can even go on to Ari for the same 44 baht.  Shock Horror, hold the front page!  The BTS has given billions of baht away in free rides!!

 

It's a pretty clear pricing system and no, they haven't pocketed billions from fake stations.  

 

And not sure who mentioned the promise of building the two stations from the revenue they would collect from selling tickets to those two stations but that is a clearly ridiculous statement and there was never any such "promise".

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On 11/17/2018 at 5:49 PM, seancbk said:

 

Exactly.  Why would someone buy a ticket to a station that doesn't exist. 

By now the trains must be packed with people who cannot get off.

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